December 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! I can’t believe 2017 is over! It’s so scary how fast time flies! This month I read 8 books and beat my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge by exactly 1 book! That’s right, this year I read a grand total of 113 books! Wooh!


So first up this month I read a book for school, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys as well as Earth Hates Me by Ruby Karp.

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I thought Wide Sargasso Sea was okay for a school mandated book. If I read it for fun I probably would not have liked it as much. I did find it cool to read about such a well known English classic character, the mad woman in Rochester’s attic from Jane Eyre. I gave this book 3 stars and out of the 2 books I’ve read for English so far, this one was my favorite.

Earth Hates Me was so on point and relateable at some points and totally off kilter and strange with other parts. I totally agreed with the FOMO thing however! I ended up giving this one 4 stars.


I also read some contemporaries, If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout and A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.

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I thought that both of these books were very typical YA contemporaries with nothing too special. I was rather bored by both of them in fact, so I gave If There’s no Tomorrow 3 stars and A Short History 4 stars because I related hardcore to the whole teen angst and hating everyone and being the protagonist to your own story kind of thing.


I finally read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie! It’s about time! And then I read Because You Love to Hate Me finally as well.

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Funny enough, A Short History has references to The Absolutely True Diary and I was reading both at the same time and I really loved knowing exactly what the references were talking about. I would give The Absolutely True Diary 4.5 stars because it was so heartwarming, but I felt a tad disconnected from the narrator.

I liked Because You Loved to Hate Me! I gave it 4 stars and though I extremely disliked the booktuber input, I loved all of the other stories so I’ve chosen to pretend that the booktuber input does not exist.


And lastly I read That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston as well as Warcross by Marie Lu.

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The first half of That Inevitable was very slow and boring and I almost DNF’d, but I pushed through and I’m glad I did because the second half was a lot better! I did end up giving the book 3 stars because of how complicated and unnecessary most of the first half was.

I also really liked Warcross! It did remind me of other books I’ve read like Ready Player One, however I really did like it though some elements of the game were confusing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but it’s probably more of a 4.5 star book for me!


How was your year in reading?! Link me up with your December and yearly wrap ups!

-Calliope

Every book I read in 2016!

2016

KEY:

School

Re-read

Adult

New Adult

Young Adult

Middle Grade

Italicized= I own the book

Underlined = The book was a gift

*= I received to review


January: Wrap Up

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1. Even Angels Fall* review

2. The Unidentified Redhead

3. The Unbound review

4. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 

5. The Last Dragonslayer

6. The Beginning of Everything

7. We Should Hang Out Sometime

8. Voyager 

9. Under the Dusty Moon review

February: Wrap Up

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10. Air Awakens review

11. Fire Falling

12. Body Check

13. When a Scot Ties the Knot

14. Losing it

15. Lace and Sin* review

16. The Undomesticated Goddess 

17. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

18. Everything Everything review

19. The Siren  review

20. Me Before You 

21. Animal Farm

March: Wrap Up

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22. Hopeless

23. Dumplin’ review

24. Captive Prince

25. Prince’s Gambit

26. King’s Rising Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat Trilogy Review

27. Library of Souls review

28. Drums of Autumn

29. Cruel Beauty

30. Frankenstein

April: Wrap Up

    

 

31. Lady Midnight review

32. The Winner’s Kiss review

33. Passenger review

34. Soundless

35. Earth’s End

36. Rusty Nailed

37. Truthwitch

May: Wrap Up

 

   

38. The Distance Between Us review

39. The False Prince

40. Red Rising review

41. Golden Son review

42. Morning Star review

43. The Unexpected Everything review

44. Ready Player One

45. The Kite Runner

46. The Alchemist

June: Wrap Up

        

47. Just a Few Inches* review

48. Rarity from the Hollow* review

49. The Edge of Juniper* review

50. The Reflections of Queen Snow White* review

51. A Court of Mist and Fury review

52. A Glittering Court

53. Water’s Wrath

54. The Deal

55. The Rose and the Dagger review

July: Wrap Up

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56. No More Heroes* review

57. Finding Audrey review

58. Salt to the Sea review

59. Dorothy Must Die

60. The Wicked Will Rise

61. Red Queen

62. Glass Sword review

63. The Crown review

August: Wrap Up

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64. The Rose Society review

65. The Hunt review

66. P.S. I Like You

67. Blackmail Boyfriend

68. Smut

69. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

70. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln* review

71. The White Rose

72. Yellow Brick War

73. The Year We Fell Down

74. Heartbreakers

75. Side Effects May Vary

76. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

77. The Evolution of Mary Dyer

78. The Retribution of Mara Dyer  Mara Dyer Trilogy Review

79. Flipping the Scales* review

September: Wrap Up

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80. Summer Days and Summer Nights

81. Trust me, I’m Lying

82. The Anatomy of a Misfit

83. Even in Paradise

84. The Mistake

85. Roman Crazy

86. My Bad Boy Summer

87. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

88. A Darker Shade of Magic

89. Empire of Storms review

October: Wrap Up

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90. Cream of the Crop

91. The Crooked Kingdom 

92. Unfathomable Chance* review

93. Shadow and Bone

94. The Score

 November: Wrap Up

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95. Bright Side

96. It Ends With Us

97. Love and Gelato

98. Wolf by Wolf

99. The Star Touched Queen

100. Angelfall

101. World After

102. Underwater

103. The Art of Being Normal

December: Wrap Up

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104. The Crucible

105. End of Days

106. After You

107. A Gathering of Shadows

108. Mirror Souls*

109. Griffen* review

110. The Crown’s Game

111. Carry On

112. The Hidden Oracle

113. Crystal Crowned


And that is all! I did read fewer books this year than last year but that’s okay! My 2017 goal is 100 books and I’m sure I’ll be able to make it!

How many books have you read this year? Did we read any similar books?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

December 2016 Wrap Up

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Wow time flies doesn’t it? I’m happy to say that I’ve had a good reading month and I’ve read 10 books, bringing my total for the year up to 113 which is significantly less than what I read last year but that’s okay!

First up I finished the Crucible for school

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I really enjoyed reading this and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. One thing I did notice was the the author, Arthur Miller, seems to have had some lady problems, because the women in this book were portrayed horribly and I didn’t like that at all. Like Elizabeth was the one apologizing for what John Proctor did. Like no, your husband sinned, it’s not your fault at all. The line where Elizabeth said ‘it takes a cold wife to prompt lechery’, or something like that, I wanted to throttle something. That’s no excuse for any man to commit adultery! Ugh!

I also finished the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy with the last book End of Days

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I liked this trilogy a lot, and gave it 4 stars. I think that for me, this book, and the other ones too, were missing that zap of emotion that I usually feel when a book gets a 5 star rating from me. Like the plot and writing were both great, but it was missing that extra something that I can’t quite explain, you know?

I also read After You and A Gathering of Shadows!

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After you is the Me Before You sequel and I thought that the first half was really long and boring but then it picked up reallly fast after that and then it didn’t really matter to me how boring it was before because it got so good. I know there’s a lot of hate going around on this book, but I honestly didn’t have a problem with it.

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy! I really liked this book! This whole trilogy is so deliciously enticing! I did get a bit annoyed with the ending because come on…this villain just keeps coming back and it’s so annoying!

I was also sent this book Griffen and it’s prequel to review on my blog

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I gave the prelude novella and the book Griffen both 3 stars on Goodreads. I liked the interesting plot and if you want to check out the review I did, you can click here

I read two books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, The Crown’s Game and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, the fanfiction from the amazing book Fangirl!

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I gave both of these books 4 stars on Goodreads. For me the Crown’s Game was very interesting because I’m russian so obviously this YA fantasy novel set in Russia would be interesting for me to read. I liked the book a lot except I couldn’t connect to the characters as much as I would have liked. I also felt that the antagonist in the book was brought into the book just cause an antagonist was needed.

I loved Carry On in the beginning! Simon Snow is such a great character and him and Baz were like my OTP. And then towards the end things got weird and I didn’t like it. I wanted more Simon and Baz and I did not get enough!

And finally I read Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle and Crystal Crowned

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Okay here’s the thing about Rick Riordan. I love him and his writing. Except I feel that’s it’s overused and stale now. Like how many books can he write with the same plot and characters basically? So while I liked The Hidden Oracle, it’s the same as his other books! I don’t even know if I’m going to be continuing this series. Same thing with Magnus Chase, I read the first one, rolled my eyes and haven’t read the next one. To be honest, I’ll probably end up reading them anyway because I’ve read every book by Rick. I gave it 3 stars on goodreads because I liked it despite the staleness. I don’t know, I just really feel like Rick could have done something different with this plot of Apollo being human.

Crystal Crowned was great! Vhalla Yarl and Aldrik Solaris have quickly become two of my favorite characters this year and I was happy to see their ending. I did feel it wasn’t a complete resolution at the end of the book and I wanted to see some things more developed but oh well. I really liked this series! Another 4 stars series, and this book got 4 stars individually from me on Goodreads.


And that is all! I think this wrap up was so lengthy because I didn’t review any of these books except the one sent to me so I had a lot to say.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!

Also link me up to your wrap ups and I’ll check them out!

Thanks for reading ❤

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

End of the year (2016) fiction favorites tag!

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Thank you Sam @ River Moose Reads for tagging me to do the end of the year fiction favorites tag!

Rules:

  • Tag the creator Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities
  • Please answer the questions. What’s the point of the tags if you don’t answer the questions?
  • You can tag as many people as you like!
  • Oh, and to clarify: the show or book or whatever do not need to have been created IN 2016, like, you can say your favorite book is The Green Mile, which is okay for this list if you read it for the first time in 2016.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND MOVIE FROM 2016? TV SHOWS OR WEBTOONS/ COMICS ARE ALSO ALLOWED, BUT AREN’T NEEDED. 

My favorite book of 2016 was probably A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas  and my favorite movie from 2016 was Mockingjay Part 2.

I’m watching the Outlander Season 2 Dvd right now, I have 3 episodes left and that has definitely been my favorite tv show along with Gilmore Girls which I’ve recently binged on these past few months.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR OF 2016? SCREEN WRITERS ARE ALLOWED. 

Elise Kova is a new author I’ve discovered this year and her Air Awakens series was great! I also loved Elle Kennedy for NA books along with Alice Clayton.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTOR AND ACTRESS OF 2016?

My favorite actress is Catriona Balfe and my favorite actor is the guy who plays Michel in Gilmore Girls because he’s just hilarious.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS OF 2016? LIMITED TO TEN CHARACTERS.

Oooh okay Vhalla Yarl and Aldrik definitely and also Kestrel from the Winner’s trilogy

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL COUPLE AND BROTP?

Claire and Jamie Fraser for fictional couple and the Brotp’s between the male characters of the Off Campus by Elle Kennedy series.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL ANTAGONIST?

The Darkling is definitely an interesting one.

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU SAW ON TV, MOVIES, COMICS, OR BOOKS?

The Throne of Glass tv show script cover that SJM posted on insta! Queen of Shadows tv show is happening!

LAST QUESTION! WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OF 20T16?

Too many to choose from!


I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser